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What does one TRILLION dollars look like?
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Posted on 03/06/2009 10:41:54 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...

A billion dollars...

A hundred billion dollars...

Eight hundred billion dollars...

One TRILLION dollars...

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so I thought I'd take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.

We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.

$100

A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.

$10,000

Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.

$1,000,000 (one million dollars)

While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)

And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)

Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we've been hearing about so much. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros.

You ready for this?

It's pretty surprising.

Go ahead...

Scroll down...

Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 trillion dollars...

$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)

(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: obamadeficit; trillion
It's far more than any of us can imagine.
1 posted on 03/06/2009 10:41:54 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Blood of Tyrants

It would be easier to carry if it were $1,000 bills, trust me on that one.

$1.6 Million in $100 bills weighs 43 pounds.

$16 Million in $1,000 bills weighs 43 pounds.

See! Much easier to carry.


2 posted on 03/06/2009 10:46:33 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Excellent demonstration! Really puts it in perspective. To a politician it’s like pulling out the wallet and laying down a 5 though. We’re so screwed.


3 posted on 03/06/2009 10:46:44 AM PST by Cherokee Conservative (When you talk over my head like that, I get drool in my keyboard....Type slow so I can follow along)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

4 posted on 03/06/2009 10:47:19 AM PST by Lucky9teen (What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. And SOON!!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Very good! Now do it as a pile,,errrr,,, mountain of pennies!


5 posted on 03/06/2009 10:49:13 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Ask the Governor of New York.


6 posted on 03/06/2009 10:49:53 AM PST by GUNGAGALUNGA
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Dennis Prager had a show recently where the concept of a trillion was translated to time.

How long is a trillion seconds?

Almost 32,000 years.


7 posted on 03/06/2009 10:50:24 AM PST by mreerm
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To: Lucky9teen

Where can I buy one of those tees?


8 posted on 03/06/2009 10:50:35 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (This is my tagline. There are many others like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Cherokee Conservative

That’s because IT’S NOT HIS MONEY!


9 posted on 03/06/2009 10:50:52 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
What does one TRILLION dollars look like?
A couple of these:

10 posted on 03/06/2009 10:51:14 AM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

There are an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Multiply that by 10.


11 posted on 03/06/2009 10:54:30 AM PST by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ari-freedom

That thing? It’s worthless now. I believe that they have come out with the Z$100 BILLION note.


12 posted on 03/06/2009 10:55:16 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: txnativegop

>>It would be easier to carry if it were $1,000 bills, trust me on that one.

$1.6 Million in $100 bills weighs 43 pounds.

$16 Million in $1,000 bills weighs 43 pounds.

See! Much easier to carry.<<

Good, I’ll still be able to carry it to the store to buy bread.


13 posted on 03/06/2009 10:57:19 AM PST by RobRoy
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To: ari-freedom

14 posted on 03/06/2009 10:59:43 AM PST by Dumpster Baby (The chair is against the wall. John has a long mustache.)
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To: RobRoy

When it gets that bad the Fed will break the $5,000 and $10,000 bills. Of course, they will be redesigned with The One’s face, but oh well.

$80 Million in $5,000 bills 43 pounds.

$160 Million in $10,000 bills 43 pounds.


15 posted on 03/06/2009 11:01:32 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: Blood of Tyrants
It's far more than any of us can imagine.

Speak for yourself. I can imagine quite a lot. (-:

16 posted on 03/06/2009 11:05:42 AM PST by MeganC (Palin-Limbaugh 2012)
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To: mreerm
Dennis Prager had a show recently where the concept of a trillion was translated to time. How long is a trillion seconds? Almost 32,000 years.

number of seconds in a year = 60 x 60 x 24 x 365 = 31,536,000

1,000,000,000,000 (trillion) divided by 31,536,000 = 31,709 (years)

Checks!

17 posted on 03/06/2009 11:06:06 AM PST by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Money is information, sometimes represented by a gold analog, sometimes in decimals printed on paper, but mostly stored on disk drives. A trillion dollars in computer bits can be written as: $1110100011010100101001010001000000000000


18 posted on 03/06/2009 11:10:07 AM PST by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Give a few years and that last graphic will be worth 100 dollars in todays dollars.


19 posted on 03/06/2009 11:11:38 AM PST by yazoo
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To: Blood of Tyrants

*


20 posted on 03/06/2009 11:28:50 AM PST by SweetCaroline (Dear GOD help us save your babies from the Abortionist.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

ping


21 posted on 03/06/2009 11:30:52 AM PST by bonnieblue4me (You can put lipstick on a donkey (or a dimrat), but it is still an ass!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

http://www.zazzle.com/i_just_spent_a_trillion_dollars_and_all_i_got_tshirt-235343145487869735


22 posted on 03/06/2009 11:32:17 AM PST by Lucky9teen (What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. And SOON!!!)
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23 posted on 03/06/2009 11:33:33 AM PST by Lucky9teen (What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. And SOON!!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Ask Robert Mugabe. Who could probably get a job with Il Douche’s administration.


24 posted on 03/06/2009 11:45:06 AM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

One Thousand Billion. I remember thinking about large numbers as a kid, and I asked what comes after a Billion. Well, they told me a Thousand Billion makes One Trillion.
It was as incomprehensible back then, as it is now in my ‘40’s. I’d suggest no one can truly fathom what a Trillion Dollars is, but your example is an “absolutely perfect” way for me to explain it to my daughter this evening, and I thank you.


25 posted on 03/06/2009 11:45:31 AM PST by Pagey (B. Hussein Obama has no experience running anything, except his pedestrian mouth.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Here is the way I always look at it. If I had, tax free, one billion dollars, I could spend one million dollars a year(assuming I earned no interest on the billion)for 1000 years before I went broke. Of course I would be dead before then:).

If I had a Trillion dollars, tax free(remember that is a 1000 billions),I could spend a billion dollars a year for a thousand years before I went broke, again assuming no interest was earned by the trillion.

To further drive it home, I could spend a 1000 millions per year(that's a billion), for 1000 years before going through a trillion bucks.

When ever I hear the a**hats in DC throwing around sums like that I always picture myself trying to spend this huge amount of money, it brings home the sheer amount of wealth our government blows through every year, with very little return on the investment I might add.

26 posted on 03/06/2009 11:50:05 AM PST by calex59
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Ping!


27 posted on 03/06/2009 12:01:37 PM PST by jonrick46 (The Obama Administration is a blueprint for Fabian Socialism.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

A trillion dollars in one dollar bills would weigh about 1.1 million tons, or 22 billion pounds. If you were using 100 dollar bills it would way about 11 thousands tons.


28 posted on 03/06/2009 12:07:50 PM PST by Boanarges
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To: calex59

Assume you had $1 trillion. And assume you have 40 years of life left. Assume you are awake for 16 hours each day of those 40 years.

You’d have to spend over $70,000 dollars EVERY MINUTE for the rest of your waking life to burn through that cash.

A new house every 3 minutes. A brand new Cadillac Escalade every minute. A new Gulfstream 550 every 8 hours.

Yes, that’s the spending you’d have to do...


29 posted on 03/06/2009 12:10:12 PM PST by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the sting of truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Pretty soon the budget will be 4 Graham’s Numbers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham%27s_number


30 posted on 03/06/2009 12:10:36 PM PST by Unlikely Hero ("Time is a wonderful teacher; unfortunately, it kills all its pupils." --Berlioz)
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To: txnativegop

Spending 1,000,000 a day you would have needed to start about 2600 years ago 600 BC, the beginning of the Roman Republic, to reach one trillion in spending.......


31 posted on 03/06/2009 12:11:25 PM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Requiescat In Pace)
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To: ari-freedom
Piker....



Also note it took only 5 MONTHS to go from one to the other...
32 posted on 03/06/2009 12:14:54 PM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Requiescat In Pace)
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To: Kozak

A Lot of money isn’t! The amount of money being spent is obscene.


33 posted on 03/06/2009 12:15:43 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: calex59
with very little return on the investment I might add.

Like Mark Twain once said, "Thank God we don't get all the government we pay for."

34 posted on 03/06/2009 12:19:13 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: Unlikely Hero

Graham’s number? Can we not just call it infinity?


35 posted on 03/06/2009 12:21:28 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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36 posted on 03/06/2009 12:43:11 PM PST by razbinn (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,and to the republic for which it ...)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I don’t pretend to understand it, although I think Large Number theory is cool. I was reading up on it a little more after posting this and I think I sprained my brain.


37 posted on 03/06/2009 12:52:25 PM PST by Unlikely Hero ("Time is a wonderful teacher; unfortunately, it kills all its pupils." --Berlioz)
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To: Unlikely Hero

If it has more zero’s than you can count or even imagine, it IS infinity, no matter what all the fancy math says.


38 posted on 03/06/2009 12:57:42 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

bump


39 posted on 03/06/2009 5:10:39 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: calex59
I could spend one million dollars a year(assuming I earned no interest on the billion)for 1000 years before I went broke. Of course I would be dead before then:).

Ahem:

Why not say screw it and go ahead and spend 20 million a year for fifty years.

It would be fun!

40 posted on 03/06/2009 5:18:40 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
my 10,000 pixel gif. This started off as fun, but making a gif file over 10,000 pixels tall did not seem to be something Fireworks wanted to do. Still, that's what was required to illustrate how many times larger the cost of the climate plan, or Obama's underestimation of their own budget was, compared to the AIG bonuses. So, if as reported by ABC, the AIG bonuses were "staggering in size," then what adjective would they use to report Obama's budget? I loved this trillion dollar image you made, btw.
41 posted on 03/21/2009 12:33:00 PM PDT by TWP guy (don't take the blue pill)
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